September Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our September meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Jerry, Lina, Betty, Shirley, George, Marlys, Sharon, Niomi, Penny, Sonja.

TALKING STICK 22: Our workshop and Book Release Party are scheduled for this coming Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Blueberry Pines Golf Club. We have 29 signed up for the workshop and probably 40 or so for the book party.

BLANK CANVAS GALLERY: BCG is closing and may be only online at some point.They will be having an open house on October 5 from 10 to 5. Some of us will want to go to that.

BOOK EVENTS: Sharon and Tarah attended the dinner and talk with William Kent Krueger on August 22. It was sold out and a great time. Kent spent a lot of time going around to all the tables so he could talk with everyone and sign books. Jerry attended the Wine and Words event on August 23 that was put on by the Brainerd Library. Lorna Landvik and William Kent Krueger were two of the speakers.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Wednesday Sept. 18, there is an event at the Armory in Park Rapids. Twenty-one House Capital Investment Committee members will be there to tour the Park Rapids Armory project (Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts. Jerry and Niomi will be there with all 22 of our Talking Sticks. We supplied 21 Talking Stick books (TS#10) with the JWB history information in them to be given to the committee members.

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at Detroit Lakes Public Library at 2 PM. Becca Barniskis teaches one hour creative writing workshops called Poetry and Writing Workshop. Contact the library 218-847-2168 or

Friday evening, Sept. 20, 2013, at 6:30, there is a poetry reading by LouAnn Muhm and Kathryn Kaysar at Nemeth Gallery (the old court house now museum in Park Rapids MN.)

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, don’t forget the workshop with LouAnn Muhm called Inviting the Muse from 9 to 12 at Blueberry Pines Golf Course near Park Rapids MN. After that, we have our Talking Stick 22 book release party from 1 to 4:30 approximately, same location. More info:

Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 9 AM to 4 PM–Lake Region Writers Network in Fergus Falls. For more information and to register, go to:

Saturday, October 12, 2013, Sinclair Lewis Writers’ Conference at Sauk Center high school auditorium from 8:30 to 5:30. Go to: for more information.

We had a great group today. Many of our writers brought poems or stories to read and the rest of us critiqued.

Hope to see you next time!